In the last couple of weeks, subscribers of Verizon Wireless were greeted with the information that they would soon be seeing an increase to the price of their data packages, ultimately raising the overall cost of their monthly cell phone bills. Not just any subscribers, though, as this change only affects those customers who are still on Verizon’s legacy unlimited data plans and are wanting to keep the unlimited data. Although many Verizon customers may already be aware, the charges were set up to begin from November 15th. It’s now one day later, but the charges won’t be showing up just yet.
As a little reminder to any customers who may have been wondering, the charges for the additional $20 for legacy unlimited data packages is going to show up on your monthly bill whenever your next bill hits following the change on the 15th. So, for example, if your bill cycle goes from the 18th every month to the 17th of the next month, then you would expect to see the charge increase show up on your bill that shows up after the 18th of November. What this means is that you won’t see those charges reflected on your bill just yet, it also means that you won’t be able to do any sort of device payment upgrades until the bill cycle switches over.
Although Verizon’s $20 increase to those older unlimited data plans is certainly unfortunate for those who now have to pay more per month, those customers also now have the chance to upgrade to a new device with the device payment plan whereas they weren’t able to do so before. It’s worth noting though that customers won’t be able to upgrade through the device payment plan until the bill cycle reset, which means some customers could still be waiting a few weeks to do so. It all depends on when your bill cycle starts and ends. Keeping these things in mind, if your new bill cycle hasn’t started yet, trying to do an upgrade and use the device payment plan as your payment method will result in the system trying to move you off this legacy unlimited data, so waiting is definitely something you’ll need to do if you want to keep the plan.